/ 01 September 2021

Bali bombing suspects have their first day in court

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Eighteen years after they were detained by the US over their alleged roles in the deadly 2002 Bali bombings and other acts of terrorism, 3 men are on trial in Guant­anamo Bay prison on charges of terrorism, murder and conspiracy. Indonesian Encep ‘Hambali’ Nurjaman – the man labelled ‘Osama of Southeast Asia’ – is the main figure as the operational mastermind of Jemaah Islamiah, the Islamist terrorist outfit aligned with al-Qaeda. He and 2 Malaysian colleagues were captured in 2003, sent to CIA ‘black sites’ for 3 years, and then transferred to Gitmo. After all that time, the men were charged during the last days of the Trump administration. To recap: the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings killed 202 people, including 88 Australians. It’s a complicated case that some say will take years to resolve.

Image source: AFP

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